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Grigory Levenfish vs Solomon Borisovich Gotthilf
Leningrad (1924)
Indian Game: Pseudo-Queen's Indian. Marienbad System (A47)  ·  1-0

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Nov-03-06  percyblakeney: <eaglewing> I didn't see it either, but here it is: <36. Rxh7 g5 37. Nh6+ Kh5 38. Nf5+ Kg4>:


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...and then Ne3+ followed by Qxe3 and Bh3#

Nov-03-06  Fisheremon: <eaglewing: To <chessmoron> or others, who suggested 36. Rxh7: Do you have a clear continuation after 36. Rxh7 g5? Maybe I'm blind, (and I looked more into 36. Nh6+ Kh5 37. Rxh7 g5) but I don't see a really decisive line.> At 35...Kg4 there were two ways to checkmate as
1) 36. Rxh7 g5 37. Nh6+ Kh5 38. Nf5+ Kg4 39. Ne3+ Qxe3 40. Bh3# 2) 36. Rf4+ Kh5 37. R8f7 g5 38. g4+ Qxg4 39. Rxh7+ Kg6 40. Be4+ Qf5 41. Bxf5#
Nov-03-06  outplayer: It's not difficult to see. I didn't calculate all way to the end but I don't think it is necessary. After the sac black king is trapped in the kingside.
Nov-03-06  eaglewing: Thank you <percyblakeney> and <Fisheremon>! Seems on Friday afternoon I need a board. Missed even seeing 38. Nf5+ Kg6 Rh6#.
Nov-03-06  Rama: Not necessary? Sac the queen 'on spec'? Not me.
Nov-03-06  Castle In The Sky: Got the sac and Ne2, but laziness prevailed and I didn't follow the combination through
Nov-03-06  zb2cr: Only got up through White's 34th before the thread of my board vision snapped.

I thought 34. h4+, Kg4; 35. Nh6+, Kxg3; 36. Rf3+, Kxh4; 37. Rh3+, Kg5; 38. Nf7+, Kg4; 39. Nxe5, dxe5; 40. Rxh7 being the exchange up was the best White could do.

Nov-03-06  Sami Jr: I love the move 34 Kh2. It was key for the following imminent mate. Levenfish could have still won with out that move but it would have taken much longer. What an exciting way to win!
Nov-03-06  vibes43: Being a puzzle, the Q sac was my choice but lost it at Kh2 move also. Hope for time to study further. Enjoyed the chase as far as I got though.
Nov-03-06  adinospedro: I THOUGHT 28.Rf5 and I still consider playable. What about, guys?
Nov-03-06  Bobsterman3000: I know it looks weak, but doesn't 27...Nxd5 save the game for black?

27...Qe5 was atrocious

Nov-03-06
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  kevin86: I missed this one! The queen sac came by a bolt of lightning to me.

Am I right to see the sequel as: 38... ♔g6 39 h5+ ♔g7 40 ♖(4)f7+ ♔h8 41 ♘e7#-how amusing! The king is rooted out and then returned home to die!

Nov-03-06  Chess Classics: I missed this one, but great puzzle <chessgames.com>.

Regards,
CC

Nov-03-06  The17thPawn: <Bobsterman3000> - Please explain how Black saves himself after 28.Bxd5 pinning and then winning the f-pawn. Let's say 28...Ng7 just because I don't see anything better. After White takes on f7 provoking an exchange of Q and R for R,R and B, white than wins the H pawn after the black king finishes the sequence on f7 [Someting like 29.Rxf7,Rxf7 30.Rxf7,Qxf7 31.Bxf7, Kxf7] This leaves white two pawns up with Queen versus Rook and knight which is usually an advantage in itself. True there is no mate but Black's beaten six ways to Sunday in this line. Oh and since I'm a patzer there is probably a stronger continuation. Please let me know if you find a save I've missed as this kind of exchange of analysis helps me improve.
Nov-03-06  Nostrils: I also got this up until 34 Kh2. I saw only 34 Rf4. Which Fritz now tells me is a win: 34 Rf4 Qxe2
35 h4+ Kh5
36 Bf3+ Qxf3
37 Rxf3 Nc6
38 Rxe8 Rxe8
39 Nf6+
Nov-03-06  chessic eric: its been awhile since I've tackled the daily puzzle, and I'm happy to say I nailed this one. At first I thought the king might be deflected from protecting the rook, but once that didn't work out, Qxf8 looked good, and once I saw Ng8+ the king hunt was not too difficult.
Nov-03-06  lvlaple: While not all that hard of a puzzle, not a move combination (11 moves!) many of us would play. Can you imagine losing this game?
Nov-03-06
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  playground player: The first thing I saw was the queen sac, but then I opted for this: 28. Rxf7, Rxf7...aw, never mind! I just plain blew it!
Nov-03-06  ccolby: The winning move is to capture the only one of black's pieces which couldn't move anywhere.
Nov-03-06  Cee75: I thought 34.... Nf6 would save the game for Black.
Nov-03-06  The17thPawn: <Cee75> - How do you respond to h4+. I have not been able to find a decent line for black after this move.
Nov-03-06  syracrophy: I really missed this one. What a beaut!

38...♔g6 39.h5+ ♔g7 40.♖4f7+ ♔h8 41.♘e7/♘f6/♘h6# <Wherever the knight moves it's mate!>

Nov-03-06  Crackpawn: Anyone look at 30 ... Qxe7 31 Rxe7 Ng7
that stops the mate and makes for some exciting play!
Nov-03-06  Ezzy: Great combination!!

It's one of those problems you have when a position like this occurs in one of your games. You see the combination, but do you risk it, as there may not be a mate at the end.

There are a lot of pieces to move round in your head, and there is always a doubt whether the king can escape.

Do you risk this brilliancy, or do you risk becoming the laughing stock of the chess club in attempting to outwit the club champion!

After 25 minutes thought you then think, 'naah, I'm no Mikhail Tal' - and play 28 Kh2

Nov-04-06  Fisheremon: <Crackpawn: Anyone look at 30 ... Qxe7 31 Rxe7 Ng7 that stops the mate and makes for some exciting play!> You're right, see my 1st previous message.
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